Barbara Kay: Joking about roasting white racists isn’t a way to advance reconciliation

The mood around Canada’s 150th anniversary is bittersweet. But that was predictable, surely, in our tense historical moment of roiling indigenous mourning-fuelled anger and self-abasing white-privilege guilt. The birthday is serving less as a unifying celebratory moment than as a reminder of who emerged as the winners and losers in Canada’s journey to nationhood.

I’m a winner. I’m the grandchild of immigrants to Canada who were escaping religion-based persecution, and whose issue made good here. But I am also a member of an indigenous people who achieved cultural strength despite a long history of serial dispossession, continual persecution and the worst genocide in recorded history. So while I feel sympathy for the plight of Canada’s indigenous people—storm-tossed by historical waves they were helpless to control—I don’t feel personal guilt over it. This is a reasonable position, or at least would be, if we lived in reasonable times. But we don’t. And I had a Twitter experience recently that seems to validate my claim.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They don’t want reconciliation.
    They want our enslavement, or failing that, our death.

    • Pretty much.

    • Killer Marmot

      No, they just want more money. Even those mired in Cultural Marxism know which side their bread is buttered on.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Like I said, they want our enslavement.
        They want a piece of the money we work for.

    • Solo712

      They wouldn’t know what to do with slaves, and if they killed us who would give them money for nothing ?

      • shasta

        “They wouldn’t know what to do with slaves”

        They didn’t have much problem knowing what to do with slaves before Europeans arrived.

  • Malcolm Y

    Tonto must go.